Response Coordination Mechanisms

Response Coordination Mechanisms

Involving environmental actors in existing response structures

Response Coordination Mechanisms

Clearly assigning roles and responsibilities for response is an essential component of emergency preparedness. Environmental actors should be included, and a representative of environmental authorities should be part of the national response and coordination arrangements. Having an environmental representative within the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will help the reach-out to environmental actors during an emergency. Similarly, an environmental emergencies operations cell can be part of the on-site operations centre.

The coordination mechanisms between international and national responders, including environmental organisations, should be clearly documented. This might involve establishing arrangements for how to receive international environmental technical support. Existing stand-by arrangements should be adapted to include capacities for environmental emergencies and for integrating environmental considerations in response operations.

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